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Jon Soltz
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Jon Soltz is the Co-Founder and Chairman of the 360,000+ supporter veterans group, VoteVets.org.

He served twice in Iraq -- in 2011 as a Major, helping train the Iraqi Army prior to the removal of US Troops, and in 2003, as a Captain during Operation Iraqi Freedom, deploying logistics convoys with the 1st Armored Division. In 2000 he served as a tank Platoon Leader in the Kosovo Conflict.

As Chairman of VoteVets.org, Soltz has overseen the creation of a 360,000+ grassroots network of Veterans, military families, and civilian supporters, from scratch. In his time as Chairman, VoteVets.org has raised over $20 million for VoteVets Action Fund and over $2 million for candidates, via VoteVets Political Action Committee. Under his leadership, the group has become one of the most aggressive organizations of Veterans in America, holding politicians accountable for their votes and actions that adversely affect veterans, while supporting those politicians who have the backs of those who served.

Soltz is frequently quoted in major publications and frequently appears on cable shows, including Larry King Live on CNN, Nightline on ABC, PBS’ News Hour, the Dylan Ratigan Show, NewsNation with Tamron Hall, The Ed Show, and The Last Word with Lawrence O’Donnell on MSNBC, among other shows on many networks. He has been interviewed by the Associated Press, Washington Post, New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Time magazine, Newsweek, Politico, Roll Call, The Hill, and many other national and local papers.

Soltz is a graduate of Washington & Jefferson College with a dual degree in Political Science and History and a 2010 graduate of the University of Pittsburgh's Graduate School of Public and International Affairs.

Entries by Jon Soltz

The Military-Civilian Divide on Gun Laws, and Ft. Hood

(410) Comments | Posted April 3, 2014 | 2:23 PM

With news that another shooting tragedy has hit Ft. Hood, my heart is breaking for the families of those who were wounded and killed by a gunman who is said to have purchased a gun, off-base, brought it on to the base, and unleashed carnage. While many details are still...

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Senate Republicans About to Screw Veterans -- All for a Campaign Ad

(14) Comments | Posted February 27, 2014 | 11:10 AM

It takes a lot to say that Senate conservatives have just made their most craven move in many years, but that's exactly what is happening.

In an effort to force a vote on increasing sanctions on Iran, the Senate Minority is trying to attach the measure to...

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Congressman Mike Coffman Calls for Third Iraq War

(26) Comments | Posted February 5, 2014 | 2:10 PM

This is astonishing. On a radio show, Republican Congressman Mike Coffman effectively called for yet another Iraq War.

On KNUS Radio, Coffman said, when asked if he wanted to see combat troops back in Iraq: "Certainly an advisory role, but certainly not anything beyond that. And that's if...

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Where Do Vets Stand on Pensions -- One Group Needs to Figure It Out

(51) Comments | Posted February 3, 2014 | 12:19 PM

In a new ad, Concerned Veterans for America thanks Republican Congressmen Tom Cotton and Mike Coffman for voting against the Paul Ryan-Patty Murray budget deal, because it slows the growth of government pensions by lower increases to the Cost of Living Adjustment (COLA). Those COLA adjustments...

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Why Do Vets Care About Climate Change?

(64) Comments | Posted November 15, 2013 | 3:00 PM

When you think of the kinds of people banding together to fight climate change, the men and women who served America in uniform usually aren't the first ones to come to mind. But nothing could be further from the truth.

In fact, just this week, VoteVets.org delivered...

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When Veterans Get Food Stamps Cut, It's Time to Prioritize Our Budget

(1138) Comments | Posted October 30, 2013 | 11:07 AM

On Friday, unless Congress acts (which would be an exception, not a norm), Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits, or food stamps, will be cut for as many as 900,000 veterans and their families, according to a study by the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities. As the...

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How a Shutdown Affects Troops and Veterans

(95) Comments | Posted September 30, 2013 | 3:06 PM

By now, the myriad of articles that examine how a Republican government shutdown would affect people has a lot of folks confused, even scared. The truth of the matter is, we know who will be impacted by a shutdown by Republicans, and we know it will be bad. The degree...

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Ted Cruz Threatens Troops, Veterans, and Their Families

(854) Comments | Posted September 25, 2013 | 1:48 PM

For all the bluster from Senator Ted Cruz about the false reasons to fear Obamacare, the irony is that veterans should fear him and his Tea Party cohorts in the House of Representatives. After all, they're on a course to block troops and veterans from the health care they're owed.

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Why Troops Are Against Syria Strikes

(72) Comments | Posted September 12, 2013 | 11:51 AM

One of the common misnomers in the media, regarding Syria, is that it is dual pressure from the far right and far left, that has pushed Congress to seemingly reject any Use of Force resolution before it even came to a vote. When polling shows that 60 percent...

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Senate Bill Authorizes Tens of Thousands of Combat Troops In Syria

(173) Comments | Posted September 6, 2013 | 10:21 AM

Sixty-six American troops killed. Two hundred ninety-five Wounded in Action.

Are those numbers from an American combat operation? Not according to our government, which said they, and the other 50,000 troops in Iraq (which included me), were part of the "official end to Operation Iraqi Freedom...

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The Military Case Against Syria Strikes

(156) Comments | Posted September 4, 2013 | 10:37 AM

The question of what to do, if anything, regarding Syria is a difficult one for me, especially as the Chairman of the largest progressive group of veterans in America, VoteVets.org, which represents over 360,000 supporters. This past week, we polled our supporters on whether or not they supported...

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John McCain's Fantasy-Land

(32) Comments | Posted July 24, 2013 | 11:48 AM

It has become clear that President Obama is about to make good on his plan to send small arms and weapons to the opposition in Syria that is fighting the regime of Bashar al-Assad. It's a move that I and many other veterans have long opposed, for reasons...

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President Obama Has Three Questions to Answer on Arms to Syria

(98) Comments | Posted June 17, 2013 | 10:12 AM

In light of recent findings regarding Syria's use of chemical weapons, the President has decided to send arms to the rebels fighting the government of Bashar al-Assad, but the full scope of this new intervention is unclear. There is a growing fervor for military intervention. As one of just three...

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Blowing Billions on Nukes to Fight the (Long Dead) USSR

(101) Comments | Posted June 11, 2013 | 10:46 AM

In this new era of austerity, it was disappointing to learn that Congress is considering spending billions of dollars on a Cold War relic with little value to our security needs of the 21st century. Even worse, this money is desperately needed by our active duty service members.

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McCain Poses With Alleged Terrorists -- Proof That Involvement in Syria Is a Bad Idea

(239) Comments | Posted May 30, 2013 | 1:34 PM

The photo of John McCain posing with terrorists and kidnappers in Syria encapsulates, perfectly, everything wrong with the position of McCain and others that the U.S. ought to insert itself into Syria's civil war.

To recap the past few days, talk of arming the Syrian rebels is heating...

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Iraq Veterans' Thoughts on Today's Anniversary

(50) Comments | Posted March 19, 2013 | 8:28 AM

This week marks ten years since the launch of the war in Iraq.

I was a young Captain at the time, and part of the force sent there just after the fall of Baghdad, in 2003. Initially, I wasn't opposed to the war. What did I know,...

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Sequester, Our Military, and the Confused GOP

(272) Comments | Posted March 1, 2013 | 10:15 AM

On the dawn of sequestration, Republicans are still in deep disagreement over how it will affect our military, and in even deeper disagreement over how to handle it. One thing they do seem to agree on, though, is that they aren't willing to close corporate tax loopholes to avoid it.

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Hagel Enters Pentagon Stronger After Confirmation Vote

(301) Comments | Posted February 26, 2013 | 3:55 PM

After a lot of fake controversy, Chuck Hagel has finally been confirmed as Secretary of Defense -- something I said would happen all along. But, out of this whole situation, three things are now true.

First, troops finally have one of their own at the top, in the Pentagon....

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The New Drone Medal and Why Troops Need Hagel

(163) Comments | Posted February 21, 2013 | 1:25 PM

The announcement last week of a Distinguished Warfare Medal for drone operators and cyberwar practitioners only serves to highlight why we need Chuck Hagel to be Secretary of Defense.

Though the issue of drones is raging hot and heavy, I personally don't have an issue with the medal itself. Troops...

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The Cruz-ing of the Senate

(738) Comments | Posted February 13, 2013 | 4:21 PM

A funny thing happened at the Senate Armed Services Committee vote on Chuck Hagel, this week. Senator Ted Cruz, who is quickly making a name for himself as a modern-day Joe McCarthy, turned a normal committee vote into his own personal circus, making outlandish smear after outlandish smear against Chuck...

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